Jordan Mechner to Keynote 2009 Game Developers Conference(R) China

    Prince of Persia Franchise Creator to Discuss Success in Games and Soon
    Big Screen

    SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 11 /CNW/ -- Jordan Mechner, game designer,
programmer, screenwriter, and creator of the widely acclaimed Prince of Persia
franchise will deliver a keynote address at the 2009 Game Developers
Conference China.  GDC China presented by Think Services, a division of United
Business Media, will take place at the Shanghai International Convention
Center, October 11-13 of this year.

    Mechner's keynote address will explore the success of the Prince of
Persia series which was first released in 1989 as well as his own success as a
game designer, programmer, and finally director and screenwriter.  Following
the release of seven chapters of the series, Mechner wrote the script for the
film version of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, produced by Jerry
Bruckheimer and directed by Mike Newell.  The movie will be released by Walt
Disney Pictures in May of 2010.

    "We are so excited to welcome Jordan to the stage in Shanghai," said
Meggan Scavio, GDC China event director.  "He has a great story to share with
the audience from a game design, artistic, and storytelling perspective; as
well as the business acumen to succeed in maintaining a strong brand, building
commercial success, and further transitioning games to film."

    Mechner's first hit game was Karateka (1984), written while he was still
an undergraduate at Yale University. Prince of Persia, released in 1989, was
noted for its fluid animation of human figures. Both titles were published by
Broderbund.   In 1993, he formed Smoking Car Productions, an entertainment
software development group based in San Francisco.  In 2003, Ubisoft released
the fourth installment of the Prince of Persia saga, Prince of Persia: The
Sands of Time, on which Mechner collaborated as writer and game designer.
Mechner today divides his time between writing screenplays, graphic novels,
and designing video games. He also wrote and directed two award-winning
documentaries, including Chavez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story. He is writing the
screenplay for a film adaptation of Michael Turner's Fathom starring Megan
Fox. He is collaborating with artists LeUyen Pham and Alex Puvilland on a new
graphic novel to be published by First Second Books in 2010.

    Mechner joins a prominent lineup of GDC China speakers including Kelly
Snapka (Art Director, Volition, Inc.), Todd Coleman (Co-Founder, Wolfpack
Studios Inc.), Chris Ulm (CEO, Appy), Billy Hsu (CEO, DJL Worldwide), Mack
Growen (GM, Playfish China), Brad MacDonald (Art Director, Large Animal
Games), Tony Chen (Online Business Development Manager, Take Two Asia), Simon
Carless (Publisher, and Game Developer Magazine), and several
more.  The GDC China early bird rate ends Tuesday, September 15, 2009.

    For more information on the 2009 Game Developers Conference  China,
please visit

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                   Think Services, a division of United Business Media
                   (86-21) 62787488-8701

                   Ben Veechai, North America


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